I love writing HTML by hand, Its the only sure way to gurantee quality coding. For example, I am strong pessimist towards Adobe Muse. I think its the worst software to have ever been created on a developer stand point. I am sure small companies find it great ease to use, but lets look at the downfalls of these do it yourself with coding programs.
1) They adds in extra unneeded code which add to the bulk of your code resulting in greater bandwidth usage. It might not be noticeable in a small text only blog or any text heavy situation, but it can surely slow down your site.
2) If your a business owner who decided to use one of these programs and not rely on a developer, how do you know that the code you written make your site accessible on all platforms? Example, I'm sure the software doesn't account for ie6, 7, 8 "hacks" to get it working properly. I'm sure that it doesn't get rid of that nasty blue border sometime IE puts on images. How would a business owner know how to do this themselves without know html them selves or having someone else do it for them.
Theres many more but don't want to bore anybody . Would be glad to hear your responses on coding by hand. I am strongly for it.
It used to be that WYSIWYG editors weren't professional and were for lazy people. But now, using Dreamweaver to code isn't that out of the ordinary. The most important part is being able to select the code you want without having to memorize it.
Yes, all of our code is hand written, edited and so forth. It is the only way to do it. For writing a lot of option tags for example. We just use a PHP while or foreach loop using entries from the database.